Page last updated on May 31, 2017
IGLAS has contributed to the FirstGen Program since the summer of 2015 initially funding an initiative to outreach to first-year students who are first in their families to attend a four-year institution of higher education. The initial effort in 2015 was coordinated by Professor Roberta Espinoza (Sociology) and Maria Melendrez ’16. The outreach effort included a postcard introducing students to the FirstGen community, a welcome letter with a laptop sticker listing the events that would be held in the fall semester, a phone call to students before move-in day, a family welcome reception during move-in day and a welcome dinner at the beginning of the 2015 semester. It also set the stage for the IGLAS FirstGen Intern position that was held by Maria Melendrez ’16 in 2015-16 and Maite Cortes-Garcia ’17 in 2016-17.
Senior Recognition Dinner
FirstGen Intern (see below)
Faculty-Student Lunches (new initiative coming soon)
Newsletter (new initiative coming soon)
Events for the 2017-18 academic year will be announced soon!
Events for Spring 2017
Financial Aid Info Session: Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Fellowship Workshop: Thursday, April 6th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Senior Recognition Dinner: Sunday, April 23rd in the McConnell Founders Room
Events for Fall 2016
Family Move-In Day Welcome: Saturday, August 20th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
FirstGen Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30pm in the McConnell Founders Room
Cupcake Study Break: Sunday, September 25th at 3:00pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Study Abroad Info Session: Thursday, October 20th at 12:15pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Career Services Info Session: Sunday, November 6th at 3:00pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Gingerbread House Decorating Study Break: Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm in Gold Student Center Patio
Maite Cortes Garcia ’17
IGLAS FirstGen Intern
Maite grew up in Fortuna, California. While at Pitzer, Maite has served as a Diversity Committee Senator on the Pitzer Student Senate, First-Generation Mentor, Summer Science Immersion Program Mentor, STEM tutor, member of Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS) at the Claremont Colleges, Latinx Student Union, and STEM teacher at local high schools. As a Human Biology major, Maite has become passionate about the intersection of sociology, anthropology, and science and hopes to change inadequate health-care services towards historically marginalized communities by becoming a physician.